We know many of you have lost your jobs during the pandemic. So every week on the rebound, we highlight companies that are hiring to help you find the job that’s right for you. This week, we’re telling you about a new restaurant that’s opening in South Florida and is looking to hire several employees.
The new restaurant Uchi, which stands for home, is bringing sushi and Japanese fare to Wynwood.
“Uchi Restaurants is a restaurant based out of Austin, Texas. We actually have several locations. Two in Austin, one in Houston, two in Dallas, one in Denver and now we’re opening one in Miami. We feature a full sushi line but we also have a hot Thai kitchen that features hot composed dishes, composed desserts and things like that,” said Director of Training at Uchi Restaurants Steven Stanwyck.
Opening a restaurant is a challenge on it’s own, but imagine during a pandemic. Steven Stanwyck with Uchi Restaurants says they’ve implemented new strategies to make sure everything runs smoothly and most importantly, that every employee and customer is safe.
“Social distancing of our staff during training, sanitation procedures, new service standard because all of our food is actually designed to be shared but we want to give our guests the opportunity to serve themselves if they don’t feel comfortable sharing from one dish and provide another avenue so they feel comfortable and daily wellness checks for our staff,” said Steven.
“They’ve put up a lot of safety precautions. We’re wearing masks the entire time we’re in the restaurant, we have wall partitions between the tables and we’re making sure that even during training we’re staying separated from each other,” said Alyssa D’Angola, recent hire.
Alyssa D’Angola was out of work for six months and says she decided to move down to Miami from Austin, Texas after receiving an opportunity to work for the company.
“We went through two shutdowns, one in March right before St. Patrick’s Day then we were open for about five weeks until we had to get shutdown again which was definitely challenging. So at the end of 2020 I was ready for a change and I said this is the opportunity,” said Alyssa.
Alyssa says she’s only worked Uchi Restaurants for a couple of days and says she already feels at home.
“People are really here to train you, they want you to learn and they want you to feel the passion that they feel about the foods that they are putting out. It’s really nice to come to work and feel appreciated and inspired to do well,” said Alyssa.
“We can’t teach you to be nice, to be a good teammate, to collaborate, and to care. Obviously service industry experience is great but if someone doesn’t have those innate qualities that probably come from their parents, like the way they were brought up and raised in that sense, or just innately have it within themselves, those are the type of people we are looking for. And I think that’s how we’ve created a substantial culture in our restaurants,” said Steven.
Uchi Restaurants is looking for about 8-10 people for the front and back of the house. You can find the different positions, qualifications and how to apply, click here.